Seven suspected terrorists killed in Yemen drone strike

Yemeni pro-government fighters sit at the back of an armed pick-up as Emirati supported forces take over Huthi bases on the frontline of Kirsh between the province of Taez and Lahj, southwestern Yemen, on July 1, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 07 July 2018
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Seven suspected terrorists killed in Yemen drone strike

  • The US military is the only force known to operate armed drones over Yemen
  • The Security Council said it recognized the importance of the ports of Hodeidah and Saleef

ADEN: Seven suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists were killed on Friday when a drone targeted their car in the southern Yemeni province of Shabwa, a security official said.
The car was hit as it drove along a side road in Shabwa's Bihan district, said the official, from forces loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's internationally recognized government.
The US military is the only force known to operate armed drones over Yemen.
The security official said the militants were members of Al-Qaeda, and said the aircraft that carried out the strike was American.
The US considers the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to be the radical group's most dangerous branch.
On Thursday, the UN Security Council said that “all parties” should work toward a political solution for Yemen, and repeated a call for the key port of Hodeidah to remain open.
The statements came after UN envoy Martin Griffiths updated the Security Council via a video link from the region.
Members “reaffirmed their unequivocal support for the efforts of the special envoy, and encouraged all parties to engage constructively with his efforts to progress a political solution,” the Security Council said in a statement.
They also “reaffirmed that a political solution remains the only way to end the conflict,” the statement added.
The Security Council said it recognized the importance of the ports of Hodeidah and Saleef, and reiterated a call for these to be kept open.


Warning to Turkish artists as singer is jailed for ‘insulting’ Erdogan

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Warning to Turkish artists as singer is jailed for ‘insulting’ Erdogan

  • Actress and singer Zuhal Olcay was charged with insulting Erdogan using hand gestures at a concert in Istanbul in 2016
  • Turkey’s appeals court has upheld an 11-month sentence, originally imposed last year but suspended

ANKARA: Accusations of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may lead to a jail sentence — even if the “insult” is in private, analysts told Arab News on Saturday.

Turkey’s appeals court has upheld an 11-month sentence on actress and singer Zuhal Olcay, 61, after a complaint that she had changed lyrics of songs and used hand gestures to insult the president at a concert in Istanbul in 2016.

The revised lyrics said: “Recep Tayyip Erdogan, it’s all empty, it’s all a lie. Life will end one day and you’ll say ‘I had a dream’.” Olcay said she had changed the lyrics only because the president’s name fitted the rhyme.

The court confirmed a sentence originally imposed last year, which had been suspended. The singer is expected to spend up to three days in prison, before being released on probation.

“This case highlights the blurring of the public and private spheres.”

Louis Fishman Academic

“Zuhal Olcay is an artist with great stature, and this case shows that no one is out of reach of a judiciary that increasingly has little independence from the government,” Louis Fishman, an assistant professor at City University of New York, told Arab News.

“The message is clear; artists in Turkey should be silent or face legal consequences that can be drawn out for years and eventually lead to prison,” said Fishman, an expert on Turkey.

He said it was significant that the hand gesture at the center of the case had happened at a private concert, and the prosecution began only after it was reported to police by someone in the audience.

“Therefore, this case also highlights the blurring of the public and private spheres,” he said. 

“In other words, there is a growing fear in Turkey of criticizing, or ‘defaming’ Erdogan, not only in public, but also in private. In both cases, vigilant citizens can report such alleged cases to the police.”